Apothecary Supreme Page 32 – Issue END

April 24, 2017

Well there we have it, the final page in this story.

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/33

As should hopefully be apparent the intention was always to make something self contained first and foremost, avoiding a frustrating ‘to be continued’ with an unwieldy drawn out narrative. Put simply I wanted to make something I could potentially abandon after issue 1 without feeling like I let down any readership.

That said, I DO want to continue Apothecary Supreme with other episodic stories so there is a touch of open-endedness here that I’m hoping to exploit.

I really need some space from this before I can properly assess how well everything went, but on the face of it I’m fairly pleased with the end result. Much turned out as I hoped while the things that changed from the script were likely better for doing so.

One of the largest changes was that of Burkhard’s character. Originally he was meant to be one shot haughty interloper, but I found myself becoming weirdly attached to him near the end… Probability of him returning? Likely I think.

The BIG problems? Speed – work life interfered A LOT – upload rate and some frankly inconsistent character designs. All things I’m looking to remedy a bit in any follow up I do.

What’s next? Some kind of proper cover for the issue for starters and then some kind of print run might be fun.

What now? A fairly lengthy hiatus I reckon while I gear up for more and try to take things in an even more weird, mucky and monstrous direction…

Thanks for reading y’all!


Apothecary Supreme Page 31 – Xenous

April 16, 2017

Well, this certainly is a surprisingly on-time update for me!

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/32

A touch of serious-serious between the fun here, but don’t let that drag you down! The final page in the story lands on Sunday next week!


Apothecary Supreme Page 30 – Reward

April 10, 2017

Imagine that, I may actually finish something with a properly satisfying conclusion!

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http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/31/

Thanks to holding back on releases a bit and not being massively lazy it looks like I’ll be able to update each Sunday till the end of this issue/story/whatever. It also seems certain – really, really this time – it’ll all be over in two more pages!

Random trivia; this page probably had more dialogue alterations from the script than any other. I was 100% on what I thought they should say till I got there. Drawing it all my bizarrely may have helped put me into their heads…

So, one last major plot point and I’m done! Whatever could it be? ;)


Ghost in the Shell 2017 – Can an adaptation be faithful to a fault?

April 2, 2017

So, yesterday I saw Ghost in the Shell 2017.

As you might notice if you go waaaaaaay back through this blog I hold the 1995 original in rather high regard, being one of the foundation works that developed my interest in the cyberpunk genre in my teens. On the one hand I knew off the bat the remake couldn’t hold up; not simply out of arrogance but because the impact for me personally will never be the same. On the flipside, I didn’t want to dismiss a remake simply for daring to exist and figured I’d at least give it a shot to form some kind of opinion and see what the US take on the franchise would look like.

The shocking verdict?… It’s okay.

No drama, no outrage. Just alright. Not a patch on the original, but not a bad film in its own right. And yet, in a weird way this is even more frustrating to me than a laughable train wreck.

Hollywood has begun taking its adaptations quite seriously, being respectful and diligent with its source material. Is this really a good thing though?

It’s largely the same feeling I got from the Watchmen film; slick, accomplished and weirdly empty. For all the accuracy in its recreation I could never get that precise thought out of my mind, that rather than being immersed in a story I was watching some bizarre reconstruction for assessment.

Aesthetically GitS 2017 was just what I wanted, but ironically perhaps it was the scenes which attempted to emulate the original film exactly that felt most flat and empty. For all the evident technical prowess and care in recreation on show the end result for me felt lifeless. Lacking in passion and simply ticking off boxes rather than causing me to feel exhilaration or intrigue. When the film did its own thing in a way that was more inspired by, rather than a direct copy of the other films/series I found myself far more engaged.

It’s also worth remembering that the superb 1995 film only borrowed characters, tech ideas and a handful of plot points from the manga. I imagine many would furiously disagree with me, but the Shirow Masamune original – while innovative and well drawn – lacks the cohesion, focus and atmosphere present in Mamoru Oshii’s film, to say nothing of the sleazy content present in the manga which always felt unwelcome to me.

All this made me think that perhaps the whole concept of directly remaking a film is broken, inevitably doomed through unfavorable comparison and a lack of surprises. Perhaps the only way to truly adapt something is ironically to tear up the rule book and follow your own path. It may be a more risky approach but at least there is risk in the story as a result, a sense of the unknown, genuine peril and feeling of actually discovering something.

On the bright side, at least this has spurred me into checking out the more recent installment on the anime front; Ghost in the Shell: Arise.

Will it be any good? At the very least I imagine it will be different and that really may be for the better it seems.

 

 


Plotting More Comic Stuff

March 27, 2017

Slow and useless as ever, that said I’ve been not quite so slow and useless lately… Right now I’m trying to build up a small buffer to finish Apothecary Supreme in style rather than in dribs and drabs as things have been.

For what it’s worth, I’m almost there and I’m more determined then ever to get my stuff together and see things done properly. So yeah, watch this space etc etc